Attorney Roger A. Bernstein Interviewed by Mujer Latina USA


After a recent meeting with the Venezuelan Business Club, there was great deal of interest in the EB-5 and E-2 visa programs.

Mujer Latina USA interviewed attorney Roger A. Bernstein to discuss his viewpoints on the EB-5 visa program, which allows foreign entrepreneurs to make an investment between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in an American business, granting them permanent resident status and eventual citizenship.

Find out what Roger Bernstein said in the original article.

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New EB-5 Opportunities in Florida


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Tapco Restaurant Group, owner and operator of  Tap 42 Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen  in Fort Lauderdale, has closed the last portion of a loan made ​​with funds from foreign investors. The 4.5 million dollar loan comes from immigrant investors applying for EB-5 visas. This investor loan allowed Tap 42 to open restaurants in Coral Gables and Boca Raton.

The loan closed in mid-April. Most of the loan was used to open Tap 42 in Boca Raton, which opened in July 2015. The rest of the loan helped open the third Tap 42 in Coral Cables which recently celebrated its opening.

This investment opportunity is attractive to Latin American investors looking to gain American residence. Seeing the economies of their countries struggling, especially in Venezuela and Brazil, EB-5 visas are one of the fastest ways to move to the United States. Under this visa, a foreigner who invests $500,000 in a project or business that creates jobs for local workers, can become a permanent resident of the USA and eventually American citizen. The opportunity to invest in the USA also offers these investors a way to preserve and grow their capital in a more stable economy.

“American Life Investments LLC is the regional center promoting Tap 42 as an investment opportunity for investors applying for the EB-5 visa,” said Roger A. Bernstein, managing partner of the regional center based in Miami.

“Today, this regional center is sponsoring a second loan with EB-5 funds to help Tap 42 to open four new restaurants in South Florida,” Bernstein said. The goal is to provide Tap 42 with a loan of up to $10 million to bring the gastropub to South Beach, downtown Miami, Aventura and West Palm Beach.

“These investors carefully analyzed the opportunity before investing in Tap 42 and realized that this is a successful company with a strong expansion plan and a group of experienced managers,” Roger Bernstein said. “Most importantly, this expansion will create many job opportunities, which is essential for American citizenship under the EB-5 program.”

Doug Rudolph, CEO of Tap 42 said, “This loan is also very attractive because the interest rate is 6 percent, relatively less expensive than a conventional loan.” Rudolph has over 30 years of experience in this business.


For the full, original article (in Spanish), click here.

Attorney Roger A. Bernstein to Address Venezuelan Business Club


Roger Bernstein, Managing Partner of Bernstein Osberg-Braun, PL, will be addressing the Board of Directors of the Venezuelan Business Club on June 30, 2016.

The event will be held at Frankey’s Sports Bar in Hallandale Beach, beginning at 8:00AM.  The event is scheduled to conclude by 10:30 AM.

Attorney Bernstein will discuss the options for U.S. immigration in an informal setting and will answer questions from attendees.

Bernstein Osberg-Braun is one of the most highly respected immigration law firms in South Florida.  Non-members may register by logging on to

Expert Advice for Brazilian Investors & Entrepreneurs from Attorney Roger Bernstein

BERNSTEIN OSBERG-BRAUN, PL is pleased to announce that Attorney Roger A. Bernstein, Managing Partner, will be in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, June 13th through June 20th.  Our globally recognized law firm invites you to attend free seminars designed for Brazilian investors and entrepreneurs.  Attorney Bernstein will be speaking at these seminars to discuss individual immigration options including the EB-5 Investor Visa Program. This is a unique opportunity to hear from a proven and experienced EB-5 expert.

Presentations will also be made by Joe Sloboda, Chief Operating Officer of American Life Investments LLC, on Tap 42 Gastropub.  Tap 42 is a restaurant, bar and social experience, that has been highly successful in the U.S. market and provides a sustainable EB-5 investment opportunity.  Mr. Sloboda brings over twenty years of hospitality development experience to American Life Investments, LLC.

To provide further details on U.S. real estate transactions, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Attorney Rafael De Araujo.  Attorney De Araujo has dual citizenship in both Brazil and the United States and is intimately familiar with the nuances of international real estate transactions.

An informational flyer detailing the program and panel members for both the Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro events can be obtained by clicking on this link.

If there is interest in consultations with either Attorney Bernstein or De Araujo or Joe Sloboda, please e-mail;; or

Attorney Roger A. Bernstein Discusses Chinese Investors in the South Florida Real Estate Market

Chinese Investors in South Florida

In the most recent edition of The Real Deal Magazine, local immigration attorney, Roger A. Bernstein weighs in on Chinese Investors in the South Florida marketplace. Bernstein, owner of American Life Investments, an EB-5 Regional Center that finds investors for development projects, said that wealthy Chinese investors are just beginning to see Miami as an attractive location to invest their money. He believes that Da Tang and CCCC are going to encourage other Chinese developers to follow suit, noting that those developers, in turn, will attract Chinese real estate buyers. Bernstein said that the federal visa program “really creates a bridge between China and Miami. While the buying of a condo is not tied to EB-5 investments, investors making a loan to the developer for construction could possibly have an option to buy condos in the building. The condos are also being marketed in China.”

Bernstein believes that adding a Chinese buying market to South Florida’s real estate industry lessens the risk of volatility in Latin America and Europe, leading to an economic slowdown in the tri-county region.

“I think it’s a great thing for South Florida to have different, strong foreign groups investing in this marketplace. You will have a better economy and a healthier real estate market.”

Click here for the full article in The Real Deal Magazine.


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Does an Investor Have to Immigrate After receiving the Initial Immigrant Visa at the U.S. Consulate?

EB-5 Visa Attorney Roger Bernstein

A common question we receive from investors is, “Will I have to immigrate to the United States after receiving my initial immigrant visa at the U.S. Consulate?”

It’s a great question, but the answer can be a bit complicated.

Most Investors

Most investors will want to move to the United States once they’ve obtained their immigrant visa to re-establish their lives in the USA.

EB-5 as a Back-up Plan

However, there are some people who are participating in the EB-5 program for “insurance” purposes as a back-up plan in the event that business in their own country goes poorly. These people will eventually want to move to the United States. In this situation, the law requires that they immigrate within six months of acquiring the immigrant visa.

Re-entry Permit

Once the investor comes to the United States, he or she can file a “re-entry permit” which basically states that the investor has every intention to remain in the USA as a resident, but in the interim, for at least a two-year period, the investor will be participating in an endeavor that requires the investor to remain abroad. For example, the investor may be finalizing a complicated business transaction, or completing University studies – anything that requires the investor to remain outside of the United States.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that it’s very possible to use the EB-5 visa as a “Plan B,” as long as there is a valid justification for why the investor is not immediately immigrating.

You can find me on Google+ or Facebook if you have any EB-5 questions. Interview On How To Select An EB-5 Regional Center—Part III

Miami, Florida

Part III of my interview with can now be viewed online. During this part of the interview, I address what investors must understand when selecting an EB-5 regional center and the important questions they should consider before moving ahead:

“What is the general partner’s experience in managing multi-million dollar projects? What projects has the partner successfully completed in the past? Make certain that the regional center has a familiarity with the EB-5 program and understands its responsibility to complete the project and create the requisite jobs.”

You can read part III of my interview by clicking here. If you would like to read part I, please visit this link. Part II can be read here.


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What countries are qualified to participate in the EB-5 program?

World Continents

A frequent EB-5 Visa question that foreign investors ask is: “What countries are qualified to participate in the EB-5 program?”

Every Country is Qualified

The answer is rather simple: every country is qualified to participate provided you meet the other conditions for EB-5 investors. If you’re from Russia, North Korea, China, France, Spain, anywhere in Europe, anywhere in South America, it doesn’t matter. You’re qualified to participate.

Different than the E-2 Visa

This is not the same as the E-2 non-immigrant visa, which is a temporary 5-year visa for investors. In this case, it’s very limited. There are just some countries on the E-2 country list that are qualified to use it. Therefore, if you’re from Venezuela, Brazil, China, India, Russia, you cannot participate in the E-2 investor program.

Your Eligible Investment

With that said, there are good news for you. If you want to participate in the EB-5, all you need to do is make an eligible investment. Your passport and country do not matter.

Read more information about the EB-5 Investor Visa Program by visiting Bernstein Osbern-Braun’s dedicated website. You can “like” me on Facebook for EB-5 Visa updates. Interview About EB-5 Regional Centers In South Florida — Part II

Miami, Florida

The second part of my interview with has been published online. During the interview, I speak about the increasing influence of EB-5 Regional Centers in South Florida. I also address American Life Investments, LLC, a Regional Center that sponsors the project for the CCCC Miami Towers.

“…our role is to ensure compliance with all applicable federal regulations and program rules. American Life Investments will also oversee all administrative matters involving the maintenance and compliance of the Regional Center, under USCIS guidelines.”

You can read the interview by visiting this link. If you haven’t read the first part, please click here.

You can ask me EB-5 questions on Quora where I’d be happy to respond. Don’t forget to follow me on Google+ for EB-5 Visa updates.

Where Can I Live With An EB-5 Visa?

Miami, FL

One of the questions I’m usually asked as an immigration attorney is whether the EB-5 investor needs to be living in the area in which he has invested. The answer is “No.”

Live Where You Want

Actually, the investor can move about the United States as he wants; he can live where he desires. If he made an investment in Miami, he can live in Los Angeles, he can live in New York, he can live in Texas, anywhere he prefers.


One of the advantages of the EB-5 Investor Visa Program is that you have complete freedom to live and work wherever you want.
Additionally, your children can go to school without restrictions; there are no work permits required; you have full conditional residency opportunities giving you flexibility.


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